Dr. Elyse Golob is the Executive Director of the National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS) headquartered at the University of Arizona. Funded by the Department of Homeland Security, BORDERS provides cross-cutting technology and basic research to enhance the nation’s security. Dr. Golob’s expertise includes cross-border trade, economic development and border management policy. Her current projects include Border Crossings and U.S. Terrorist Attacks: Lessons for Protecting against Dangerous Entrants; Improving the Screening Process to Facilitate Trade at U.S.-Mexico Ports of Entry; Effective Binational Border Security Governance, and; Border Checkpoint Metrics, Effectiveness, Community Impacts, and Simulation Tools. She is conducting a joint research initiative with Frontex, the European Union border security agency based in Warsaw, where she recently organized a two-day workshop for European Border Guards on Artificial Intelligence for Screening and Decision Support at Border Crossings.
Prior to Arizona, she served as a faculty member at Cornell University’s Department of City and Regional Planning and Director of the Cornell Urban Scholars Program; lead faculty of the Cities in the 21st Century Program, a division of Boston University's International Honors Program; and Vice-President for Economic Planning and Analysis at the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
Dr. Golob received her doctorate from Rutgers University in Urban Planning and Policy Development.